Netflix Just Announced That 'Ozark' Will End After Season 4

Noooooooo! But at least we'll get 14 final episodes.

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Time is running out for the Byrde family. After a white-knuckle third season, which found Jason Bateman's Marty and Laura Linney's Wendy Byrde brokering a tentative peace agreement with the Navarro cartel and finding new ways to betray each other, Netflix's bleak crime drama Ozark will end with its upcoming fourth season. The only marginally good news here is that the final season will be 14 episodes, released in two parts, each consisting of seven episodes. So the writers room has plenty of room to wrap up any loose ends and devise more money-laundering montages.

"We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right," said showrunner Chris Mundy in a statement. "It’s been such a great adventure for all of us -- both on screen and off -- so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible."

"A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes," added Bateman, who has directed multiple episodes each season and also serves as an executive producer. "I’m excited to end with a bang(s)."

The third season ended with a shocking twist, killing off a major character in a grisly fashion, and any new episodes will probably carry on that violent tradition. Don't expect the show to take a more contemplative, sunny turn in the final season. Take a look at the ominous (and spoiler-free) Instagram teaser released below.

Though Netflix is notoriously tight-lipped about viewing data, Ozark appears to be one of the streaming service's most popular original shows and it often attracts Emmy attention. (Bateman won the award for Best Directing for a Drama Series last season and Julia Garner picked up Best Supporting Actress trophy for her turn as the foul-mouthed sidekick Ruth Langmore.) So it's a little surprising that Ozark is ending this soon, but Bateman has indicated in previous interviews that the story wouldn't stretch on too long. It sounds like the creative team has an idea of where they want the narrative to go -- and it probably won't be pretty.

At the moment, Netflix hasn't announced a production start date or a release date for the new episodes. Given the challenges of shooting TV shows at the moment because of the coronavirus, don't expect to see new Ozark episodes any time soon. But at least we know they'll arrive eventually.

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Dan Jackson is a senior staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. He's on Twitter @danielvjackson.